The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital

The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital

Charity information

The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital

Involved in many in hospital activities including fundraising for a range of projects. Main Service area is a Volunteer Car Service provided free of charge to about 200 patients each week

Founded 1948

  • Mission statement

    Formed in 1948, the Friends have been a traditional fundraising organisation for the purpose of purchasing medical equipment and items of patient comfort and care. In 1977 The Friends decided to move into patient services with the introduction of the then unique 'Volunteer Driver Scheme'. The concept is very simple: patients of DMH who have any form of difficulty travelling to and from hospital, but who do not need an ambulance or the skills of an ambulance driver, can be helped by the service. These patients are referred by the wards/ departments of the hospital. They are collected from their homes, taken to the ward/department and then returned on completion of their appointment. Up to 120 patients a week use this service which can mean round trips of between 8 and 200 miles.
    Often this can eliminate an overnight stay which benefits the hospital as well as the patient. Patient stress is reduced by taking them directly to the relevant ward/department and collecting for the return journey, fulfilling our objectives of improving patient comfort and care.

    The service is run by a volunteer co-ordinator and about 12 drivers. The drivers give their time and use of their cars but are paid 31p a mile fuel allowance. The total operational cost is over £45,000 p. A. Which we raise through various fundraising activities and donations. We do need help to fund this very successful project which is valued and supported by many patients and staff at DMH. To date we have catered for for the needs of over 40,000 patient journeys.

  • Aims

    The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital aims to:

    • Volunteer Car Service for patients who have travel to and from hospital difficulties but do not require an ambulance. Provided free of charge to circa 200 patients each week
  • Overview

    Established: November 1948

    Registered Charity Number: 511290

    Board members: 11

    Part time staff: 1

    Phone number: 01325 743866

    Address: Darlington Memorial Hospital Hollyhurst Road Darlington DL3 6HX

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